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Review: Facilitating Creativity and Mental Wellbeing

 “Brilliant … Informative … Fun … Refreshing … Well paced … Wonderfully upbeat … Inspiring .. I feel confident after today.”

This was some of the feedback from participants who attended Creativity Works’ Facilitating Creativity and Mental Well Being workshop on 20 January. The one-day training organised as part of Creativity Works’ co|Create programme of continuing professional development was aimed at building the skills of creative practitioners to enable them to work in settings where participants may have significant mental health challenges.

Fourteen participants took part in the training which proved very popular and booked out quickly. Held at the Natural Theatre Company in central Bath on the coldest day of winter so far, the temperature did not deter workshop participants and by the end of the day sunny smiles and warmth were evident.
Sessions, led by Creativity Work’s Mental Health Creative Support Services manager Philippa Forsey, co|Create programme manager Kate O’Malley and Fresh Art Worker for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Nat Burgess, covered:
  • Creative icebreakers
  • Mental health awareness (led by Trainee Peer Mentor for Mungo’s Broadway Bridges To Wellbeing, Phoebe Kitcher)
  • The Five Ways to Well Being
  • The role of the facilitator
  • Practical workshop skills, including behaviour management
  • Giving feedback
  • Creative reflection journaling
  • Safeguarding and boundaries
  • Finding work in the field.
It is envisaged that the training will be adapted to take account of feedback and then the new version run later in the year. Anyone wanting more information about the course, or to reserve a place on the next one, please email
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